It is, however, important to note that the pose of the figure is remarkably similar to that of the dead youth embraced by his father, depicted in the foreground of Géricault's masterpiece, The Raft of the Medusa, a painting of significant importance that was acquired for the collection of the Louvre from Gericault's posthumous sale in 1824. The present drawing may be one of the many anatomical studies that Géricault made at the Beaujon Hospital while preparing his picture.
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